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H.R. 497: Freedom for Health Care Workers Act

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To eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on health care providers furnishing items and services under certain Federal health care programs.

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Sponsor and status

Jeff Duncan

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2023
Length: 2 pages
Jan 25, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 31, 2023

This bill passed in the House on January 31, 2023 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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76 Cosponsors (76 Republicans)

24% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 497 – A bill to eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on health care providers furnishing items and services under certain Federal health care programs (Jan 30, 2023)

What legislators are saying

Rep. Duncan’s Freedom for Health Care Workers Act Passes House with Bipartisan Support
    — Rep. Jeff Duncan [R-SC3] (Sponsor) on Jan 31, 2023

Congresswoman Tenney Votes to End Pandemic State of Emergency and Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers
    — Rep. Claudia Tenney [R-NY24] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 31, 2023

Joyce, Miller-Meeks Introduces Legislation to End the Head Start Vaccine Mandate, Protect Access to Critical Support for Toddlers
    — Rep. David Joyce [R-OH14] on Feb 3, 2023

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Jan 25, 2023

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Jan 26, 2023
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Jan 31, 2023
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 497 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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